Former US president Donald Trump has claimed he performed Elton John’s tune “Rocket Man” to Kim Jong-un and offered the North Korean chief with a cassette of the hit throughout one in every of their conferences.
Talking throughout the first evening of his four-date ‘Historical past Tour’ in Dawn, Florida on Saturday, Trump recalled gifting a tape of the tune to Kim when the 2 lunched collectively.
He stated he’d requested Kim whether or not he knew of it, and when Kim replied he didn’t, gave him a cassette of the album and a machine on which to play it. “I made positive the machine wasn’t made in South Korea,” Trump informed the laughing viewers.
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“I performed it for him rapidly and I stated, ‘I did you a favor since you love sending rockets all over,’” Trump stated, claiming he went on to clarify the ‘Rocketman’ nickname he gave to the North Korean chief, portray a Stanley Kubrick-esque imaginative and prescient of Kim.
I known as you Rocketman – that was nice – as a result of I might see you, I might envisage you, sitting such as you sit on a horse, on a saddle, sitting on a rocket flying over Japan.
Trump coined the ‘Rocketman’ moniker again in 2017, repeatedly utilizing it to reference Kim. He neither elaborated on Kim’s response to the reward and his rationalization of the identify, nor revealed precisely when the encounter had taken place.
Trump’s gifting of a replica of the 1972 hit tune to Kim has been the topic of rumor, however the former president had by no means earlier than addressed the matter publicly. In 2018, media stories supplied a special account of the occasions, citing US diplomatic sources.
These stories claimed Trump had merely talked with Kim concerning the tune, instructing then-State Secretary Mike Pompeo to acquire a replica of it. The diplomat later introduced the cassette to Kim, they alleged, together with a letter from Trump. The US State Division refuted this account, nonetheless, insisting Pompeo had carried out no such factor.